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2021 shortlist announced!

A big thank you to everyone who entered the 2021 Penguin Random House Student Design Award. We had 2,000 entries this year, showcasing an impressive array of talent and imagination.

Congratulations to the shortlisted entrants:

Fiction Cover Award

Zayna Ahamadeen – Leeds Arts University

Amogh Bhatnagar – National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Loredana Burdo – Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

Dorrina Efah – The University of Northampton

Ella Garrett – Liverpool John Moores University

Tasia Graham – University of the Arts London, London College of Communication

Joo Ann Loong – University of the West of England, Bristol

Anna Podlipentseva – University of Hertfordshire (British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow)

Angghitya Purwaningsih – Institut Teknologi Harapan Bangsa, Indonesia

Andrea Veseth – University of Huddersfield


Non-Fiction Cover Award

Gretchen Altenberger – College for Creative Studies, USA

Lauren Avery – University of Northampton

Susana Barbosa – Escola Superior de Artes e Design de Matosinhos, Portugal

Rebecca Bull – Leeds Arts University

Thomas Ive – Glasgow School of Art

Rowan Jolliffe – Coventry University

Megan Kerr – Edinburgh Napier University

Kata Kocsispeter – Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University

Abby Mundell – Falmouth University

William Rogers – Cardiff Metropolitan University


Children’s Cover Award

Georgina Bishop – University Hertfordshire

Aphra Blunt – University of Dundee

Sebastiano Fossali – University of Dundee

Leanne Goodall – Robert Gordon University

Matthew Kam – ArtCenter College of Design, USA

Mason Latter – Coventry University

Joe Learmonth – Glasgow School of Art

Haryung Lee – Loughborough University

Amanda Rizqi Nursidin – Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

Connor Ridley – York St John University

The details

The competition is open to anyone studying on a Further Education or Higher Education course – part time or full time, in any subject and at any level at the time of the deadline for entries.

  • Entrants must be aged 18 or over
  • The competition is not open to graphic design professionals
  • Students may enter a maximum of one design in each of the three categories

 See the Terms and Conditions for full details of entry requirements.

This year our three briefs were:

Student Design Award 2021 categories

Key dates

Form open for entries – Wednesday 2 December 2020

*Closing date for entries – 14.00 GMT on Tuesday 23 March 2021

Shortlist announcement – Wednesday 28 April 2021

Closing date for shortlisted student’s support materials – Wednesday 12 May 2021

Winners announced – June 2021

*We recognise that the ongoing restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic brings many challenges to students around the world including, for many, to their studying conditions. Therefore, we are pleased to announce an extension of the deadline date for the submission of entries to 14:00 GMT on Tuesday 23 March. Please note that entries submitted after this date will not be accepted for any reason. We strongly advise that you upload your entry ahead of this date in order to allow time should you encounter any technical difficulties.

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A letter from Tom Weldon, Penguin Random House CEO

'Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book and Penguin Random House has created thousands of iconic book covers throughout the years. The vital role of illustrators and designers in the production of some of the world's best-loved adult and children's books has created and defined the identity of our UK publishing lists.

We value creativity and design incredibly highly, and started the Penguin Random House Student Design Award fifteen years ago to encourage the next generation of designers to use their amazing talents to help us tell our authors' stories.

I am always impressed with the quality of submissions and I look forward to seeing what this year’s talent has to offer.'  

Pattern design in top banner is by previous Student Design Award winners Harry WoodgateSian McKeeverToby Clarke and Bethany Rush.


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